Monday, September 19, 2011

The dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the CPI(M)-led LDF and BJP in Kerala

The dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the CPI(M)-led LDF and BJP separately in Kerala against the petrol price hike hit normal life across the state on Monday. The shut-down call crippled mobility of people as buses, taxis and autorickshaws were off roads throughout the state. For

people in the state capital this was second hartal in three days as LDF had called a similar protest on Saturday against alleged police repression on pro-Left youth activists who took to the streets against the fuel price hike.

Early reports said the hartal was total in urban areas where shops and business establishments remained closed.

The pro-Left transport unions have also given a one-day strike call for the day.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Justice D Sreedevi will visit tomorrow the convent at Poonkulam

Justice D Sreedevi will visit tomorrow the convent at Poonkulam, near Kovalalam, here where a nun was found dead in a water tank recently.Yesterday, the Commission had ordered an inquiry into the unnatural death of 48-year-old Sister Mary Ancy on Wednesday last, following a complaint from Mr Jomon Puthenpurackal, a social worker from Kottayam.

The nun, who hailed from Kottayam, was a teacher at the Holy Cross Lower Primary School and was an inmate of the convent near the school for the last 21 years.

The slab of the covered water tank was found displaced and this fuelled speculation of a murder, reminding people of Sister Abhaya who was found dead in her convent at Kottayam in 1992.

It was learnt Sister Mary Ancy was depressed after she developed some skin disease and had not been sleeping properly for the past few weeks due to the ailment.

Sobha John is believed to be still in Kerala

The prime accused in the Varapuzha sex scam involving a minor girl, is believed to be still in the Kerala.The police are trying hard to reach her before she succeeds in getting out of the state or seeks legal help. The police got details about her movement after questioning those close to her, the other day. It also said that Sobha John is hiding behind influential people, including politicians and top police officials.

The girl was arrested along with a retired army official and another man hailing from Thiruvananthapuram on charges of immoral activities from a rented house at Varapuzha on August 4. During investigation, it was found that the girl was 17 years old and not 19 as claimed earlier.

The move to arrest Sobha John was initiated after the parents confessed to handing over the girl to her.

North Indian students attacked at AMU Malappuram

In an incident that may shock the proponents of AMU regional centres, about a dozen North Indian students were brutally beaten up by local students at the Malappuram (Kerala) study centre of Aligarh Muslim University on Wednesday (10th August). As the attack was allegedly led by son of a Muslim League leader, neither AMU nor district authorities have taken any action in the case. Student bodies have condemned the incident and demanded swift action from the authorities of AMU.

According to media reports, a group of local students of AMU Malappuram centre violently attacked on the students of Uttar Pradesh studying at the centre on regional animosity. More than 11 students were reportedly injured and 3 among them are in serious conditions. The seriously injured students are from Aligarh and Hathras districts of UP.

A section of Hindi media reported that the lead instigator of this violent clash is the son of a Central University VC and the son of a prominent Muslim League leader of the state. It is said that due to the local biasness and the case being linked with high profile academician and politician of Kerala, the Kerala Govt is not swift in taking action against the attackers.

Work on Smart City to begin next month: Chandy

Work on the much-delayed Kochi Smart City IT project will begin September-end, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said Sunday.

Speaking to IANS, Chandy said that he has been told that the decision was taken at a meeting of the Smart City Dubai board in the emirate Sunday.

Yes, things are moving fast and work would begin next month according to our time table that we have drawn up when they were here after we took over. All the hitches are over and it is going to be on the fast track, said Chandy.

Incidentally it was Chandy who had first finalised the proposed mega IT project in his previous tenure. The succeeding Left Democratic Front, headed by V.S. Achuthanandan, laid the foundation stone for the project but nothing else happened during its rule.

We have got the news that they have included me, (state minister) K.Babu and (Middle East businessman) M.A.Yusuf Ali as special invitees on the board, added Chandy.

The road map for the mega project, which is expected to come up on a 250 acre plot in Kochi, is expected to provide close to 100,000 jobs.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Technopark companies promising employment and collecting money

Technopark has set up a helpline to check the credentials of companies advertising for jobs in the media. There had been complaints of companies conducting job interviews promising employment in Technopark and collecting money. Candidates may contact Abhilash D.S., Officer (human resource and administration), Park Centre, Technopark, on 0471-2700 222 to verify the authenticity of company advertising for jobs.

Strike against fuel price hike

Voicing protest:Activists of the Democratic Youth Federation of India staging a demonstration in front of the Head Post Office in Kozhikode city on Monday in protest against the increase in prices of diesel and LPG.

Gold jewellery and electronic equipment - Burglaries - THRISSUR

Gold jewellery and electronic equipment were reported missing from two houses in Kecheri and Chavakkad on Monday.
A computer, watches and electronic equipment were reported missing from the residence of Kamaruddin in Kecheri. The doors of the house were found broken open. He is employed in the Gulf. And his wife was on a visit to her parents' home.
Gold weighing three sovereigns reportedly went missing from the residence of Suresh of Kecheri.

Investigations into all recent corruption scandals

Investigations into all recent corruption scandals in the country have a pattern. The UPA denies the charges when the scandal is uncovered and orders an investigation as protests mount. The Centre appoints a committee for inquiry and later denies its findings. Delay tactics are employed at every phase of investigation. During the process, most of the important documents related to the scandals go missing. The whole episode reveals the fact that corruption is perpetrated with the full knowledge of the Prime Minister,

Fake passport from sex-racket team

Sauda Bevi, 46, of Kulashekharapathi here, first accused in a sex-racket case in which women were allegedly taken to West Asian nations and exploited, had managed to obtain a fake passport in 1995 by furnishing false documents and address proof, V. Ajith, Assistant Commissioner of Police, who heads the special investigation team, said here on Monday.
He said the address given was of Kalluvila Veedu in the Pallickal police station limits in Thiruvananthapuram. The team would investigate this case too.

Police to fire teargas shells to disperse the angry mob at KOTTAYAM

The march taken out by the Students' Federation of India (SFI) activists in the town on Monday turned violent. The police had to fire teargas shells to disperse the angry mob. At least six police personnel and five SFI activists were injured in the melee. The march taken out to protest against the police action against SFI activists in Thiruvananthapuram turned violent when it reached the collectorate gates where the police had put in extra security measures. The agitating students tried to jump over the barricades and the police resorted to lathi charging to disperse them.

Police resorted to lathi charge - 31 injured as students

A protest march taken out to the district collectorate here by the Students Federation of India (SFI) on Monday, demanding that the issues in the self-financing education sector be settled, turned aggressive after the police resorted to lathi charge. Both students and police personnel were injured in the violence that ensued.
Police said that they began to cane the students to disperse them only after the students started throwing stones at the police and attacked them with sticks. Five police officials, including two Circle Inspectors, and 26 students, two of them seriously, were injured.

Civil society leaders Swami Agnivesh and Arvind Kejriwal will lead a one-day fast

Civil society leaders Swami Agnivesh and Arvind Kejriwal will lead a one-day fast here on June 29 to mobilise support for their campaign against corruption.
The will also participate in a discussion on the Jan Lokpal at a function being held at the Chamber Hall here in connection with the fast from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The programme is being organised under the aegis of the Kerala Against Corruption movement with the support of the North Malabar Chamber of Commerce (NMCC), organisers said at a press conference here on Monday.